The corporatization of the university undermines the historic role of college as a site of political protest. The rise of adjunct professors accelerates this trend since they are less likely to encourage protest.
The greater the income gap, the more important it becomes for rich parents to give their children every possible advantage. Increasing inequality thus accentuates elites’ reluctance to pay taxes that could equalize opportunity. Their own children just may have the most to lose.
A new G.I. bill that included one year of civic learning and civic participation would provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds with an affordable college education — and give them the civic skills needed to have a meaningful voice in the democratic process.
It has long been fashionable to assert that education is the answer to our growing inequality problem. But even if increasing educational attainment reduced inequality of opportunity, this does not imply a direct acceleration of the rate of average income growth of the bottom 99 percent.
Deep in the heart of Texas, still another billionaire is scheming to make public education a rewarding business investment opportunity.
The latest annual hedge fund industry compensation stats have power suits smiling — and ordinary mortals worrying about public education’s future. Hedge fund manager billions are reshaping the education public policy debate. The problem: Not everyone shares their vision.
Greed is not good, and high inequality is making all of us greedier than we should, or could, be.
Chicago teachers’ wages are the focus of a major political battle – not because their salaries are out of line in a legitimate comparison – but because people are playing politics with teachers’ pay.
In any society where wealth and income concentrate at the top, the affluent will almost always come to sneer at public services and the men and women who provide them.
Corporate execs and billionaire ideologues are creating — at taxpayer expense — a network of schools where learning takes a back seat.
The economy is growing. The money is there. It’s our democratic choice: corporate profits or public schools.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, nor even a reduced-price lunch, when it comes to educating our children.
“Tax and spend.” Those three dirty words are now the key to economic recovery in America’s Realonomy.
Declines in government spending are holding back GDP growth at a time governments at all levels should be hiring to create jobs.
“Plutocracy” first burst big-time into our national political consciousness in the late 19th century, and the concept still conjures up today, well over a century later, much the same images as way back then. We envision, at any mention of “plutocrat,” some Wall Street banker, his pockets overflowing with greenbacks, or a robber baron industrialist, […]
Back in the mid 20th century, colleges and universities helped America beat down economic inequality. Now they reinforce it.
Billionaire cash contributions have been cascading into America’s most troubled school districts. Unfortunately, so have billionaire perspectives on education.
Stanford’s Sean Reardon starts out his latest research, on the achievement gap between students from rich families and poor, with a question no one has yet asked: Has this educational gap grown as the dollar gap between high- and low-income U.S. families has widened?